Plans for the final four weeks

Plans for the final four weeks

Alongside remote learning on eQE, boys from Years 7-10 and Year 12 will be invited into School for selected days during the last four weeks of the academic year.

In a programme carefully planned to address the differing educational and social needs of these year groups, boys will be able to spend time with their teachers and their friends in a safe, socially distanced way.

All parents and boys should be aware that there are no lessons on Friday 3rd July, as it is a training day.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Headmaster Neil Enright says: “We think it very important to keep in touch with these, our youngest students, whom we might not otherwise see for the entire six-month period between March and September.”

Pupils will therefore be invited into School on the following dates for enrichment days:

Year 9: Monday 6th July
Year 8: Tuesday 7th July
Year 7: Monday 13th July

Boys will be able to undertake a pastoral, enrichment and sporting activity, and to see their friends. They will also be able to return any textbooks they have.

They will be joined by their Head of Year, their Form Tutor and members of the PE department, with other pastoral staff also on hand to help out with the enrichment activities.

“We can do this safely because there will be very few boys from other years on the site on these three days and because the activities will be staggered, so there will never be more than three form groups in School at any one time, and often fewer,” said the Headmaster.

In addition to those on-site enrichment days, a remote Enrichment Week is being planned for the last week of the academic year, with formal remote learning lessons for Years 7 – 9 therefore ending on Friday 10th July. The week will feature a flexible menu of options that will allow boys to design their own programme.

Year 10 will be invited in for masterclasses on 8th, 9th, 10th and 14th July. Boys will be able to review with their teachers any particularly challenging lesson content covered since the lockdown began in March.

The masterclasses will provide an opportunity for the sort of learning activities that are more difficult when done through eQE, such as discussion and debate, group work, practicals and listening or speaking exercises. Teachers will also be setting the scene for the curriculum content on the horizon as boys move into Year 11.

Year 12 workshops will take place on 15th & 16th July, with 12A–E invited to attend on the 15th and 12F–J on the 16th. The workshops will have a pastoral emphasis and students will rotate between four different sessions:

  • A one-on-one bespoke meeting with their form tutor to discuss their future ambitions and progress with their UCAS application. During this session, when not attending the bespoke meeting, pupils will be given guided support with their ‘personal statements’;
  • An assembly with the Head of Year 12, Helen Davies;
  • A session with Bilal Harry Khan (OE 2003–2010), exploring issues of prejudice and discrimination in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement;
  • A session on Intrinsic Motivation with Kam Taj (OE 2004–2011).